Oh! Yay! We're here!!! (We're HERE?! WOW.)
Quickie intro: I'm 34 and live in Tucson, AZ with my husband, 3yo daughter Adair, and two big dogs. I work full time as a graphic designer in book publishing and my husband is an art teacher. Our daughter was born at the Tucson Birth Center in July 2010, and I'm with the same practice again this time around, although they've changed locations in the interim and now have a much bigger facility with a nice birthing tub in each room (the lack of good rooms/tubs factored in my story last time, so this is good news!) I've had a largely uneventful pregnancy so far, thankfully, and my only concern at this point is position, since this kiddo still doesn't seem to be wanting to stay head down yet (although she is definitely spending time there lately, which gives me hope). I've been seeing a Webster-experienced chiro since 26 weeks, which has really helped me to stay as comfortable as possible, and hopefully gives me a good shot at good positioning once this kid decides to quit it with the acrobatics...
Anyway, here's a link to my last lodge, which has my full intro and birth story (post #269) and my post-birth thoughts on Hypnobirthing, etc. ***Leigh's (cactuswren) Birth Lodge***
I have my big 36 week birth plan/GBS swab/etc. appointment in a couple of hours, so I'll update again after that.
Whee, little troublemaker already! Had my 36 week appointment—baby is confirmed breech. Well, kind of—she was in a sort of diagonal breech, confirmed with a quick u/s by the midwife at the appointment, although that was only an hour ago and already she’s gone completely transverse again. She’s just still moving a LOT. They did schedule me for a real u/s and version on Tuesday (at 37 weeks), and in the meantime gave me some recommendations for herbs and exercises to try to encourage her to turn on her own. I’m also seeing my chiro again on Monday so that will hopefully help as well, although it hasn’t so far. Baby likes to be curled up in a tight little ball that confuses everyone when they try to feel position, and can’t give a guess on weight at all because she’s so hard to read, so I guess it’s good to have some real confirmation of what’s happening, at least! I’m just glad this is my second pregnancy…I’m kind of feeling at this point like whatever, there’s time, it’ll work out, but if this had happened last time, I would have been FREAKED.
Anyway, we also did the birth plan thing, and while that was mostly pretty standard, I did find out (thanks for bringing it up, DH!) that one of my most hated and feared hospital policies has changed—the 2 hour nursery stay. He mentioned that that was one of our major concerns in the event of a transfer, and the midwife said that in the past couple of years they’ve made some big changes on that front. Now if L&D is really busy and they “have” to take the baby to the nursery, they keep it to less than an hour (and family or at least dad is encouraged to accompany). If L&D is reasonable, they will often honor a family’s request to do all procedures and testing in the room, which I was told was nearly impossible to manage in the past. So that does make me feel even more zen about the hospital possibility!
What else…well, I’d only gained a couple of ounces since my last appointment (about a week and a half) but considering how nauseous I’ve been in the interim, and therefore not eating much, I’m not very surprised. I’m up 18.5 total so far, which is on the low side, but they didn’t seem too worried, just mentioned it. HR was 140, I’m measuring a couple of weeks small but again she wasn’t all that concerned, just thinks it’s probably due to her funky position more than anything. I have been measuring a week behind for some time now (but progressing appropriately) and always measured a week small with Adair too, even when she was head down, so I guess that’s just normal for me.
Then DH and I got to have a midday date and go out to lunch, so that was nice! Overall a mildly frustrating but I guess mostly pleasant appointment. Fingers crossed on the GBS swab…
It doesn't seem possible that you could be this close to already have your little baby girl in your arms! I'm beyond excited for you and can't wait to loudly cheer you on as you push another baby out of your vagina.
YAY! Lodge time! Soooooo excited to follow you on your journey this time. I have no doubt you're going to ROCK this birth!
Yay, can't wait to share the journey with you! Are you giving Hypnobabies another try?
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